The results of the Mayor's petition request are in and posted on his website. There is an overwhelming response against any prison and especially the faith based prison. Keep in mind, this is not a scientific poll. Every result was voluntarily submitted. Each one was submitted by someone that cared enough about the issue to put out some effort. They had to care enough to put their name to their opinion.
There were 955 signed petitions. That is a very large number for such a poll. There have been elections with little more turn out. At 75% against and 21% for, the results look conclusive. There was less response on a regular state or federal prison, but even there the response was 66% against and only 13% for.
I find it interesting to read some of the written comments that were submitted. It is obvious that much of the response is based on feelings, not facts. If you have followed the discussion here and on the other forums, you know where I think the facts lead us.
The Mayor deserves kudos for putting out the effort to get citizen input on this issue. He made the effort on his own, including paying for ads in the paper. A number of other citizens also put out considerable effort to get the petitions into their fellow citizens hands, and making sure they got counted. This level of citizen involvement in any issue is encouraging